The Texas Longhorns have won the NCAA title each year since Joseph Schooling and the rest of the class of 2018 arrived on the “Forty Acres.” The race for the team title projects to be tighter this year, but the Longhorns have the talent and depth to make it four in a row.
Simone Manuel (second from left), Katie Ledecky (third from left) and Ella Eastin (right) were three of the top individual scorers at 2017 NCAAs, and their Stanford Cardinal are still the heavy NCAA favorites despite graduating Lia Neal (far left).
They may not have the depth to challenge Stanford for a title, but with their sprint talent, they should be challenging for several relay titles and should get multiple individual titles with Baker alone.
Incoming freshman Ryan Hoffer is a huge addition for the Bears and will play a big role on the relays in addition to being a key player individually. He’s already fast enough to have scored big in both sprints at 2017 NCAAs.
The Florida men have a really good sprinter you might have heard of.
The Aggies are loaded in breaststroke and IM, thanks in large part to Canadian star Sydney Pickrem.
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Ryan Held and Justin Ress headline an NC State team that seeks an ACC 4-peat this season.
Top-ranked newcomer Courtney Harnish will be a huge part of UGA’s move to fight back after losing a lot of NCAA points from graduations.
A stacked distance group only gets stronger as Stanford brings in one of the nation’s better recruiting classes.
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The Trojans have a stacked sprint free group that includes Olympic sprinters Santo Condorelli and Dylan Carter.
Indiana returns most of the core of the team that captured their first Big Ten title in decades and adds some intriguing international swimmers as the Hoosiers shoot for a top five finish at NCAAs.
Texas has a well-rounded freestyle roster led by Rebecca Millard in the sprints and Joanna Evans (pictured) in distance.
After her breakout year both on the NCAA and the world stage last year, the sky is really the limit for Mallory Comerford, who will rematch some of the best swimmers in history in the freestyle events.
All-in-all, the Bulldogs have some weak spots, but their depth in the IMs and distance freestyles should help them significantly at SECs and NCAAs.
NC State is loaded in the freestyles, with distance specialist Hannah Moore coming off a big summer.
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